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Briton finishes epic US cycle ride for multiple sclerosis fundraising

Briton finishes epic US cycle ride for multiple sclerosis fundraising

Antony Butcher reaches San Francisco after pedalling 4,000 miles from New York and raising £25,000 Antony Butcher with his wife, on Wednesday, at the end…

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Antony Butcher reaches San Francisco after pedalling 4,000 miles from New York and raising £25,000 Antony Butcher with his wife, on Wednesday, at the end of his charity cycle ride across the US. A British cyclist has completed a 4,000-mile ride across the US, raising more than £25,000 for charity, a sum that included a donation from Dame Judi Dench.

Antony Butcher, 32, completed his three-month-long challenge on Wednesday to raise money for people living with multiple sclerosis. He received a £2,000 donation from Dench, 87, via a cheque posted to his home in June. The cyclist explained at the time that his father was the dentist for the actor’s daughter.

Butcher, who works in student support at the University of Leeds, decided to take on the challenge in honour of his mother, Teresa, who was diagnosed with MS when he was a teenager.

He told the PA news agency: “After five years of planning and three months of cycling, crossing the finish line felt unreal. I’m still trying to get my head around it. I’ve been overwhelmed with kindness and I am so grateful for all the support I’ve had. The best part of the trip was all the wonderful people who put me up, paid for my meals, and cheered me on. I cannot find words to describe how I am feeling today – I can barely begin to process it.”

Butcher, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, started his journey in Times Square, New York, in April. He climbed about 120,000 ft […]

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